Bob Gussin

Native American Name: Stands with a Grunt.

Age: 50

Favorite Food: Halvah.

Favorite Improv Memory: Taking dates to the Second City improv comedytroupe in Chicago (in the 1970s!)

Dogs or Cats: Depends on what wine is being served with the meal.

What I’ve learned about improv: Only half the sprains and bruises ofteam sports, but all the post-event drinking!

Something random, but true about me: Been reading Roger Ebert overcoffee since 1974.

Something conventional, but false about me: My conventional appearance.

Something confusing, and either true or false about me: Yes, you areentirely correct in assuming that.

Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, or Archer? Kirk may have had the“Kobiyashi Maru”, but Picard also had his famous “maneuver”.

Having found himself totally unprepared to meet most of life’s challenges, and having to quickly improvise to avoid certain disaster, Bob Gussin felt eminently qualified to “go pro” and lend his profound lack of foresight and planning to Improv Colorado.

A veteran radio disc jockey, who began by spinning actual vinyl discs, Bob learned to perform before an audience while he was in actuality speaking aloud to himself, alone in closet-sized rooms across the state of Iowa. He next stumbled unexpectedly into the creative and technical side of advertising, which he found not to be rocket science, but rather more like abnormal psychology…once again providing him with invaluable improv training.

By growing up in Chicago before the advent of local cable TV and internet, Bob was by necessity physically present for many performances of the famed Second-City Improv troupe seeing, in person, George Wendt, Jim Belushi, Mary Gross and others. Needless to say, Gussin is as surprised as everyone else that he is married to a beautiful, talented Jazz chanteuse, who is probably the most surprised of all.

And now, as he blindly feels his way through yet more improvisational situations, Bob invites you to experience life from where he stands, except of course during performances, when you are kindly asked to please remain seated.

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